There is a garden where they used to roll wine barrels. Oranges and lemons hang in the trees; the air is full of brightness and light. This is from where Charlemagne – also known as Charles the Great – ruled the world. His palace stood only a few hundred meters from here. Ever since then, they have been growing those vines here in Ingelheim from which they press the deep red wines for which the city is famous to this day. Around 50 wines can be tasted here, whether in the vinotheque or in the restaurant right next to the indoor garden – the Best Of Wine Tourism-Award for Architecture, Parks and Gardens could not have gone to a better place.
Welcome to Mainz and Rheinhessen. The Great Wine Capital Mainz | Rheinhessen invites you to discover our city and our region – and to celebrate wine culture with us!
Mainz, member of Great Wine Capitals since 2008isbursting with culture and history, which is artfully blended within this vibrant city. The state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate is renowned for its Carnival and wine celebrations and famed for Johannes Gutenberg who introduced the printing press to Europe. Mainz is also the gateway to Germany’s largest wine-growing region – Rheinhessen with 26,500 hectares of vineyards, confined to the north and east by a great bend in the Rhine River. Its wine makers are known for their innovation. And, of course, for their Riesling wines! The flavour of the Riesling grape is heavily influenced by the soil in which it is grown. It gives the wine a complexity due to its mouth-watering character and minerality.
Our famous Riesling wine, the variety of pinot wines and our “wild card”, the Scheurebe grape, can be tasted in one of many famous wine bars around the city. The numerous taverns, wineries, wine shops, bars and restaurants of Mainz are also known for great food.
During our next International Annual Conference, you’ll be able to follow a program dedicated to wine, wine tourism and business development with several conferences, visits and tastings.
Join our program and you will feel like a local. You will get the chance to meet various winemakers, gastronomers, hoteliers and other professionals and potential partners during conferences, tastings and technical tours.
Save the date and discover how Mainz and Rheinhessen celebrate wine culture!
October 25-30, 2020
When you roll through Rheinhessen, along those soft, vineyard-strewn hills, you find on the outskirts of a small village named Köngernheim a very inconspicuous assemble of buildings. When you step through the gate, a whole new world opens: old half-timber houses surround a romantic yard and cuddle the main house – an old grain mill. Its secrets lodge on the inside: highly modern, yet cozy rooms, a gourmet restaurant, and a 110 square meter spa area with yoga room, saunas and an outdoor pool that bows to the wine dedication of the area.
Magical lighting, delicious food and festive atmosphere all over! Whether at the historical Christmas Market of Mainz, several other charming Christmas markets across the region or at Rheinhessen’s Best-Of-Winners – Christmas is in the air. And where else will you find the perfect match of Christmas culinary specialties and mouth-watering (mulled) wine in cosy corners than in the region’s award-winning wineries. So indulge yourself from head to toe, enjoy a winter barbecue or listen to festive Christmas sounds.
The sky-high cypresses remind of southern Italy, palm trees grow behind the house, and the boxwoods form maze games for the eyes to linger – truly, the gardens at Weingut Listmann remind of a different time and place. Yet, we're here in Rheinhessen, only a few kilometers from the Palatinate which they call the Tuscany of Germany. "I always loved that view, when, driving over the Brenner Pass, we came to Italy and saw those cypresses", Eckhard Lismann rhapsodizes: "Whatever they're having in terms of gardens, we can have here, too."
The Best Of Wine Tourism Award Winner of Mainz and Rheinhessen perfectly show what the wine region stands for: Modern wine experience buildings emerge - historic ones are kissed out of their slumber. Behind all are clever, integrated concepts that not only fit perfectly into the Rheinhessen region, but also live it.
The ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ People’s Choice Award is an offshoot of the ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards. The accolade, created in 2018, gives wine tourists from all over the world the opportunity to vote for their favorite wine tourism experience from among the latest winners of a prestigious ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award.
There simply seems no cleverer combination than wine and sports! Look at it this way: While sports fans are happy to enjoy both things at the same time, the lazybones among us could see it as an inspiration to do at least some sports. Anyway, exercise is good and wine is even better.